Out-of-control wildfires burning near major dams in B.C.’s northeast

CBC News
September 1, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Wildfire Service declared two wildfires of note in B.C.’s Peace region on Thursday, as officials warn September will continue to pose a risk after a calmer than average summer. The Battleship Mountain wildfire is estimated to be 5.5 square kilometres and is burning out of control about 50 kilometres west of Hudson’s Hope. The Dinosaur Lake Wildfire is also near Hudson’s Hope, burning about five kilometres from the Peace Canyon Dam and Highway 29. The B.C. Wildfire Service upgraded that fire to “out of control” on Thursday but says it is not threatening any structures. Officials say the fire is exhibiting moderate to extreme fire behaviour and additional growth is expected. The suspected cause of the fire — which is being exacerbated by weather conditions — is lightning, according to Prince George Fire Centre spokesperson Alex Lane.

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